True Life: I'm Addicted to Palettes

July 26, 2015

I readily admit I have an eyeshadow palette problem, I have so many and I would literally buy them all of I wasn't on a student budget/ridiculously poor. So I thought I'd do a round up of my favourite and most loved palettes.

Naked Basics 2

 So first one up is my beloved Naked Basics 2. I honestly couldn't imagine doing my face without it anymore. It features daily in my make-up and is just such a good little palette! I can use it for everything from brows, highlighting to a smoky eye for both day and night. I recommend it as a must-have for anyone wanting to start getting into makeup as it is a makeup bag staple for me personally.
 So some swatches for you, because I'm an idiot I missed out the first shade which is a satin finish cream called Skimp. I personally tend to use this as a really subtle highlight.
L-R: Stark, Frisk, Cover, Primal, Undone
 As you can see the pigmentation could be better for the lighter shades such as Stark and Frisk however as I mainly use these patted over the lids as a base this isn't really too much of a drawback for me as they build up easily. I use Undone as a way to smudge and blend out eyeliner and for a subtle smoky eye (which can be built up to make a darker look) and Cover and Primal can be used as brow powders or as a crease colour.

Custom made Urban Decay palette

This is a bit of a cheat because these are just individual shadows put into one of UD's lovely palette sets. You can get a beautiful decorated palette and pick any of the individual shadows to go in the 4 slots. I picked this up at the Urban Decay event and I'm completely in love with it! For one the eyeshadows formulas are the best I've ever used, they're so pigmented and almost creamy and thick for a powder. 
I went for a turquoise theme with my palette (yes I know that one looks pink but all shall be explained).

 The shades I went for are Solstice, Zodiac, Loaded and Haight. Solstice is a moondust shadow and while in this light it looks pinky, it's actually a nude with turquoise glitter running through which just looks incredible on the skin, it's so beautiful I'm almost scared to use it and has the best shimmer. It's really glittery but has such fine particles in it that it blends out easily and gives an opaque shimmer. Zodiac is a deep forest green moondust which is again such a beautiful shade and has the same intense glittery finish as the rest of the moondusts. Loaded is a deep emerald colour and is amazing for a adventurous smoky eye. Haight is another shadow with amazingly high colour payoff and is this amazingly bright turquoise.
L-R: Loaded, Haight, Solstice, Haight
To clarify these are all one-swipe swatches. You heard me! The colour pay off in these shadows is insane I've never used anything like them.

Makeup Revolution Iconic 2

Oh MUR, how I adore you and your Naked dupes! I got this because I was so entirely in love with Naked 2 but really couldn't afford it. While I can't give you side by side swatches, a quick Google shows that they are pretty much identical shade wise. This was purchased around a year ago and I'm close to hitting pan on quite a few shades *cries* but it's such a great and versatile palette that also features pretty regularly in my daily makeup lookss due to it's versatility. 
 While the shades aren't named I'll show you the swatches using the names of the equivalent Naked 2 shades.
L-R: Foxy, Half-Baked, Bootycall, Chopper

L-R (diagonally because I can't camera) : Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol

L-R: Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout
While admittedly the pigmentation and formula of the mattes isn't all that great, the shimmers are completely on point! I especially love Snakebite, YDK and Busted's dupes! This is my go-to palette for night out makeup and I would recommend it for beginners due to the great neutral shimmers.

Naked 3

A predictable blogger choice I admit, but it's just so pretty! When it was lauched I wasn't too sure about the whole rosey theme but it really does suit pale skin so much. Like all UD palettes it shines when it comes to shimmers (pun not intended). 
 The one drawback to these palettes? The pale shades pigmentation isn't all that great admittedly however I don't tend to usse them all that much apart from 'Strange' and I've found they're buildable enough that isn't a massive dealbreaker.
L-R: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit

L-R: Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar

L-R: Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackout

BH 120 Colour Palette 5th Edition

So last but definitely not least is this beauty. BH Cosmetics were lovely enough to give me this palette at the Clothes Show and I've been a bad blogger and not got round to reviewing it yet oops! 
Frankly I don't have nearly enough time to swatch every single shade in this amazing palette and admittedly I don't use every shade, but if I'm ever missing a colour for a look or do makeup for anyone else I whip this out and it hasn't let me down yet. I absolutely love some of the really dark shimmers and it has an amazing range of mattes which is always a plus (there aren't enough mattes in the world).

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